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Who Is Your Shepherd?

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the first message in our new series, “The Shepherd.” This series is based on the 23rd Psalm.


The Chief Shepherd

Peter encourages elders to be shepherds over God’s flock who lead well. They are to lead like Jesus, whom Peter describes as the Chief Shepherd. This is what Peter wrote:

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. – 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV)

There is a reward for elders who lead well. Being an elder for a congregation is a tough job. The New Testament says that elders who teach will be judged more strictly. This is why the Scriptures say that an elder is worthy of double honor. Elders are to reflect the leadership of Jesus. He was humble. He had the heart of a servant, even though He was Lord of all. If anyone could have lorded His leadership over everyone, it was Jesus. Yet He didn’t. He served people instead of subjugating them. He sacrificed for people instead of demanding that they serve Him. The elders of a congregation need to look like the Chief Shepherd so that when He returns they will receive the reward that is due them.

Working For The Master

Good Wednesday morning to you! Bob Dylan sang about how everybody has to serve somebody. We all work for someone, even our bosses. In Colossians 4:1, Paul says:

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. – Colossians 4:1 (NIV)

We​ all answer to someone, therefore we need to be just and impartial to those who work for us. ​If you’re a foreman, a boss or a manager, how do you treat the people under you? If you’re a supervisor, how would the people whom you supervise describe you? If you’re in a leadership position, how are you treating those whom you lead? We all have to answer to someone and His name is Jesus. We need to do what is right by the people under our leadership for that is how Jesus treats us. He will judge us by how we treat those who are under our guidance and leadership.



Leaders Who Lead Well

Micah 3:5-12 (NIV)

This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets
    who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
    if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
    who refuses to feed them.
Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
    and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
    and the day will go dark for them.
The seers will be ashamed
    and the diviners disgraced.
They will all cover their faces
    because there is no answer from God.”
But as for me, I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of the Lord,
    and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression,
    to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
    and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
    and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
    her priests teach for a price,
    and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,
    “Is not the Lord among us?
    No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you,
    Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
    the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

Success is not always an indicator of God’s presence.  One of my greatest fears of leadership in God’s church is success for the wrong reasons.  I fear being so far off course that God throws His hands up in the air and says, “Just do what you want.  I’m outta here!”  I want to reach as many people with the good news of Jesus Christ, but I want to do it in the right way and with the power of the Holy Spirit working in the leadership of our church.
​Micah was ​speaking on God’s behalf against the false teachers and false prophets of Israel.  They were getting rich off of the people.  The prophets were enjoying success, but God was not in it.  They were neglecting God’s people and were leading them astray.  The leaders of Israel were corrupt and the prophets were too.  Micah said that they were looking for the Lord’s support and said, “Is not the Lord among us?  No disaster will come upon us” (Micah 3:11, NIV).  Just when things were going well, God was pronouncing judgment on Judah.  Jerusalem was going to be laid waste.  Calamity and disaster were indeed coming on God’s people because of the sin of their leaders.  
God’s people still need leaders who will lead well.  They need leaders who have integrity.  They need leaders who care about them.  They need leaders who are compassionate and merciful.  They need leaders who love Jesus and love people.  Then the success that they desire will be from the Lord and not of their own doing.
PRAYER: Raise up leaders, O God, for Your church who will lead well that we might reach the masses who don’t know You.  May the leaders of Your church be committed to loving Jesus and loving the people under their care.  Thank You for the leaders in Your church who lead well.  Bless them and their families in Jesus’ name, amen.

Honor and Respect Your Church Leaders

Being a preacher or an elder is a tough job.  This is why Paul tells Timothy:

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. ​- 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV)​

But what does that mean?  I think it means a couple of things.  First, it means that elders and preachers who do their job well deserve respect.  God has given them the authority to lead in His church.  God, who directs all things in the church, has given the authority for leadership in local congregations to the elders, including those who preach and teach.  When the elders do a good job of shepherding the flock and leading the church, they should have the respect and trust of the church family.  Second guessing the every decision those in leadership make leads to very long days and nights for church leaders.  Honor your elders and leaders by respecting them and trusting them.  They have invested themselves in God’s Kingdom through study and prayer and those who do their job well deserve to be honored.
Secondly, I think that those who have given themselves to serving the Lord by serving the church in full-time Christian service should be compensated well.  Granted, I could be accused of having a conflict of interest here, but I really do believe that this is what Paul is telling Timothy here toward the end of chapter 5.  I have always been taken care of by the churches I have served.  I will not complain about compensation because I know that God is the One who provides for my needs.  I have yet to miss a meal or not have clothing for my child because a church did not provide adequate compensation.  I thank God for the elders I have served with through the past nearly 18 years of ministry.  They have taken such good care of me and my family.  I believe that I have a responsibility to God and to His people to do my best and earn the compensation I receive rather than to expect or demand that I be paid well for laziness or half-hearted effort.
Take good care of your elders and your preachers.  It’s a tough job God has called us to, but it is also very rewarding.  May God bless the elders and preachers who serve and lead well in His church.
1 Timothy 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

We Need Strong Servant-Leaders

Leadership in the church is serious business.  Elders and deacons are servant leaders called to lead and serve in Christ’s church.  They are to be respected as leaders.  They are to work diligently for the Lord.  Their jobs are vital to the efficient and smooth operation of the church.  The purpose of Jesus’ church is the most important purpose on earth – to make disciples of all nations and to help them follow Jesus in fully-surrendered devotion (Matthew 28:18-20).  Without strong, Biblically-minded servant leaders, the church cannot effectively reach those  lost, wandering souls in need of the Savior.  Our servant leaders are to be held in high regard for their willingness to serve Jesus in the ways that they serve Him.  This is why Paul tells Timothy the following:

Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

​ – 1 Timothy 3:13 (NIV)​
We need strong leaders who will work hard to further the mission of Christ’s church so that the lost will find their way home.  We need servant leaders who understand that the church is not about them, but about helping people follow Jesus.  Thank God for the leaders in your church today and encourage them in their duties that they might not despise their office, but rather fulfill it with joy.
1 Timothy 3:8-13 (NIV)

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.


Follow The Leader

The sermon from November 17, 2013 at Griffith First Christian Church.

Follow The Leader from Shawn Cornett on Vimeo.

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